Sugar High: Our Favorite Cake Stands

Use these eye-catching pieces—and Southern mail-order treats—to elevate a holiday buffet

Photo: Hélène Dujardin

From far left:

Forever Flowers
Decoupage artists at John Derian create this twelve-inch glass cake stand and dome, adding one tiny paper phlox blossom at a time, rendering it both a practical place to store sweets and kaleidoscopically colorful art for your countertop ($1,365;

Dark Arts
Georgia artisan Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb Studio is known for all manner of delicate ceramic goods, including her new cake stands. Here, the ten-inch all-black porcelain design ($80; shows off the festive (and famous) coconut cake from Peninsula Grill in Charleston, South Carolina ($130;

Out of the Blues
Mosser Glass produced these six- and ten-inch blue glass cake stands exclusively for Food52 ($45–$68;; they work alone or stacked to display traditional treats like petits fours and macarons or specialty sweets like these
miniature Bundt cakes
from We Take the Cake in Fort Lauderdale ($52 for a variety of 8;